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Scoop : Centralian Middle School



Scoop : Centralian Middle School


Centralian Middle School


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Alice Springs


Scoop : Centralian Middle School


Third Edition - Semester 1, 2012

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Centralian Middle School newsletter

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Update : Centralian Middle School

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Third Edition - Semester 1 2012 Centralian Middle School Scoop From the principal Greetings and welcome to another edition of Scoop, the premier community newsletter from Centralian Middle School. 2012 promises to be a great year at CMS, we have record enrolment numbers and a fantastic team of teachers to deliver rich, real and rigorous curriculum to our students. It was exciting to have the eyes of the world on CMS for the transit of Venus. Astrophysicist Michael Johnson (Columbia State University Coca Cola Space Science Centre) stated There was some cloud cover earlier in the day but the skies cleared by mid-morning and the mapping of the transit was a success. This most anticipated astronomical event was streamed live from telescope footage around the world (including the one set up on our lawns). NASA TV had roughly 90,000 viewers at any given moment throughout the transit! CMS has entered into a partnership with the Outback Spirit Foundation to reward those students who attend school regularly. The pilot program rewards students with attendance rates of 90% or greater with sporting sessions, coached by internationally recognised athletes. Term 1 attendance figures saw over 80 students participate in this program and we look forward to welcoming the team from Outback Spirit to our school once again throughout the year. So much happens over the course of a semester and only a small portion of it is presented in this publication, if you would like to receive regular updates about what is going on at CMS there are several ways to be informed: check out our website www.cms.nt.edu.au and subscribe to our monthly newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! Sincere Regards, Andrew Leslie - Principal Reboot 2012 was born from a visit to a remote NT community where a number of Year 9 students were shocked to see young footy players playing in bare feet or socks. These Year 9 students (all male and most of whom are of Indigenous heritage), with the help of their teacher Miss Cassandra Connelly, decided to make a difference to the lives of many young people in remote communities across the NT, SA and WA. Reboot 2012 aims to collect second-hand football boots from suburban football clubs across Victoria and to distribute them to young AFL players in remote communities. The students will combine the delivery of the boots to the young fellas in the communities who play, or are interested in playing AFL, with the running of AFL clinics and leading sessions on healthy lifestyle choices. They will demonstrate their leadership skills by leading the clinics and uniting young people from the outlying areas through their common passion for football. The students aim is to send boots to as many remote communities as possible. In May, seven of the fellas took a trip to Melbourne with Miss Connelly and Ian McAdam (Mparntwe Clontarf Foundation) to work with Bunnings Warehouse, Victoria University, the Western Bulldogs Football Club and Salesian College in Sunbury to make Phase one of their Reboot project happen. The students had organised to have drop bins set up in various locations around Melbourne with the help of their sponsors to collect over 300 pairs of football boots. The fellas spent the week learning how to be strong leaders in their community through educational pathways and self-initiative. Reboot 2012 Some of the weeks highlights were: Meeting up with former Richmond Tiger Joel Bowden, touring the Punt Road Oval and facilities including the Indigenous Learning Centre, touring Victoria University and learning about what pathways they could follow if they chose to go to university, making new connections with students from Salesian College and meeting the Western Bulldogs. Two of the Western Bulldogs, Zephaniah Skinner and Nathan Djerrkura spoke to the fellas of what it has meant for them to leave their families and move to Melbourne and the sacrif ices they have made to fulfill their dreams and become AFL players. Then Nathan and Zeph took the group on a tour of the Bulldogs facilities and kicked the ball around with the lads. Reboot student, Dereece commented that the players made you realise what it takes to step up whilst Kevie noted there is so much more to a footy club than just the players. A huge thanks goes to all involved, specifically to Bunnings Warehouse who not only assisted in the collection of boots but also funded the freight costs of the boots back to Alice Springs and thanks also to Graphic Designer, Germaine Chan who donated her time to the creation of the Reboot 2012 poster. Miss Connelly and the fellas look now towards phase two delivering the boots and information to young people in remote communities. This group of young lads from CMS are really pushing themselves to show Alice Springs and Australia that young people really can make a difference.

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